"Just hearing the testimonies of those on the Healthy Kingdom Church journey inspired me to utilize this service provided by the Georgia Baptist Convention," explained Clinton Hughes, pastor of First Baptist Church of Hogansville.
In light of Christ's mission for His church in Matthew 28:19-20, Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age; and in light of Southern Baptist Convention President Johnny Hunt's call for a resurgent focus on fulfilling Christ's Great Commission; and with the overwhelming vote in the SBC's 2009 annual meeting for the creation of the Great Commission Task Force; and in light of the urgency of these days, there is a huge need for a radical reprioritizing of Cooperative Program (CP) funds through our state conventions.
Motivation and mobilizing "would be some of the best work that any denominational structure could do" on behalf of Southern Baptist churches and help the Great Commission Resurgence meet its goals, Louisiana Baptist Convention Executive Director David Hankins told GCR Task Force members during their Oct. 27 meeting.
First came the bowl of hot borsch washed down with Russian tea. Then came the cake and various pastries, all the while interspersed with conversation of strangers meeting new friends and, eventually, the singing of a few Christian songs and a loose-knit Bible study.